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Elsie Inglis

Elsie Inglis

Medical reformer and suffragette

One of the first women doctors, Elsie Inglis’s experience of bigotry in the medical profession and of the poverty of maternity provision led her in 1901 to establish a maternity hospital staffed entirely by women (later the Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital). She founded the Scottish Women’s Suffrage Federation in 1906,
and was the driving force behind the organisation of all-women mobile surgical units sent to the front in the First World War.